Abstinence is making your role as a provider harder. Yes, it can be an effective method to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. But as you well know, the pivotal word in that statement is can. What you may be less aware of—though affected by—is that the effort and funding spent on abstinence programs are undermining comprehensive education programs that are proven to promote positive reproductive health behaviors. Washington DC is cutting millions of dollars in funding for programs proven to prevent teen pregnancy and adding millions into abstinence programs proven not to work.
The teen birth rate in 2015 dropped another 8%, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 22.3 births per 1,000 teen women aged 15 to 19 years represent another historical low over more than four decades. And the birth rate (0.2 births for 1,000) for teen girls aged 10 to 14 years is the lowest on record. The declines were seen across all race and ethnicity groups. As the birth rate dropped steadily over time, teen use of contraception rose. But there is always a but.
Women who have acquired medical abortion pills through an online telemedicine service report successful abortions with low rates of adverse effects. Our study examined outcomes of a large sample of women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used this service, which offers telemedicine consultation with a physician and, if indicated and appropriate, prescription and postal delivery of the abortion medication. The findings have potentially far-reaching implications.
The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more